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submitted by Rachel Hill, Education Director, Boys & Girls Club of Salem The Boys & Girls Club of Salem recently received a heartfelt contribution from one of its first-grade members. Anthony Bilodeau, 6 1/2, started coming to the Boys & Girls Club during the summer camp program. Now a part of the Afterschool Enrichment Program, Anthony participates in the after-school activities offered at the Club, as well as in the new Pee Wee Basketball program offered this year. In an effort to teach him about the kindness of giving, he and his
mom, Amy, annually donate money to a local charity organization. &#x201C;I want him to learn that it&#x2019;s better to give than to receive. He loves the Boys & Girls Club, and he wanted the money to go there,&#x201D; says Amy. The Boys & Girls Club of Salem, a non-profit organization, which
Mike Pettrilli, Don Gagne, Ken Akerley, Dan Tompson, Jose Marino, and Ed Lynch work on the meal
by Robyn Hatch
On behalf of the members of Salem Knights of Columbus Council #4442 and Saints Mary and Joseph Parish in Salem, a heartfelt thank-you goes out to all who volunteered, donated, participated, helped set up and clean up, and those who came to partake in the 2nd Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner held at Julie Hall this past weekend on Christmas Day. Approximately 100 dinners were served to all in attendance, as well as 18 delivered to those who could not attend. A few participants from other churches in the Salem area also helped. The Knights of Columbus also wants to thank the following: Ms. Prudhomme&#x2019;s kindergarten class from the Barron School for the lovely table flowers in the shape of Christmas trees; Heavenly Donuts in Methuen, MA, for providing donuts for the early morning helpers and for the members of the Police and Fire Department who had to work to provide for safety; Coca-Cola for their donation of soda; the many people who cooked, baked, and helped cook some of the turkeys; and those who made monetary donations. A huge thank-you to the secret Santa P.C., who provided much of the food once again this year. Without the help and dedication of numerous &#x201C;helpers,&#x201D; this community event could not have been held. It was truly a blessing to have brought much joy, love, and companionship to those who have none, as well as to those who would have spent the day alone, those who recently lost loved ones, and some who were home-bound. Hopefully, this event will continue for many more years.
serves youth ages 6-18, relies on government grants, fundraisers, and community donations to provide an active and positive environment for its young members. &#x201C;We try to teach our members the importance of giving back to the Club and community through our programs and activities,&#x201D; says Mike Stevens, Program Director. &#x201C;To receive such a generous monetary gift from a member and his family is not common, especially during times like these,&#x201D; says Mike Goodwin, Chief Professional Officer. &#x201C;But the act itself is a reflection of the strong values this family has, and how our Club programs and staff have had an impact on this young member.&#x201D; Anthony has designated that his donation be spent on games room and gym supplies, two of his favorite places at the Club.
Anthony Bilodeau, 6 1/2, makes his donation to be spent on games and gym supplies to the Boys and Girls Club
Mosaic Technology Helps Families in Need
submitted by Laura Chamberlain Mosaic Technology, an expert in virtualization and data
storage technology, continued its efforts to help the local community of Salem, and in lieu of client gifts this holiday season, donated a truckload of food to the Salem Food Pantry. &#x201C;Mosaic has a long history of supporting our local community,&#x201D; said Tom Desmet, founder and CEO, Mosaic Technology. &#x201C;The Salem Food Pantry supports 13 towns in Rockingham County. We know how important food banks are in providing the most basic needs to families, and hope that our donation this holiday season will extend a bridge for those working to get themselves back on stable footing.&#x201D; Team members from Mosaic Technology personally
Some of the food being delivered to the Salem Food pantry
delivered over two pallets of food to the Salem Food Pantry on December 22, 2010. Mosaic Technology provides IT infrastructure solutions to small, medium, and large businesses around the world. Its consultants and service professionals help companies plan, develop, and implement customized IT solutions for VDI environments, data storage, data management, e-mail, and more. Mosaic is an authorized reseller and implementer of business solutions from Dell, Microsoft, VMware, Dell EqualLogic, Intel, Symantec, Akorri, Liquidwarelabs, Arruba, Wyse, SilverPeak, and other leading vendors. Based in Salem, Mosaic Technology has sales and technical offices throughout the United States and worldwide.
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submitted by Greater Salem Rotary Club The Greater Salem Rotary Club continued a long-standing tradition of community service through its annual donation of food baskets to needy families for the Christmas holiday. Working with the Town of Salem Human Services Director Kathy Walton, the members of the Rotary Club raised funds for the purchase of the food baskets through their annual Christmas raffle. Led by Chairman of the Holiday Food Basket Committee Nick Czifrik, a team of over a dozen Rotarians and friends transported food to the Mary Foss School Building, where food baskets were organized and assembled for distribution to needy families by the Town&#x2019;s Human Services Department. Immediately following the food basket preparation, Czifrik and his wife Rosemary treated Rotarians to lunch featuring food from his native Hungary. Finally, the event allowed the Rotarians in attendance to wish a fond farewell to Charter Member Attorney Arnie Croft and his wife Alice, who will be relocating to Florida at the end of the month. For more information on the Greater Salem Rotary Club, feel free to contact Club President Maria Bertolone at TD Bank in Salem or Club Vice President Peter Rayno at Enterprise Bank in Salem.
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Volume 4 Number 24 January 7, 2011 12 Pages
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